UWM Online


Need More Info?

Get in touch with an advisor who can work with you one-on-one.

  • E-mail: online@uwm.edu, or
  • Call the Department of Admissions and Recruitment at (414) 229-2222

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Tuition & Fees

UWM offers affordable, high-quality online programs. The cost of attending has two primary components:

  1. Tuition. See the Bursar Office website for up-to-date information on tuition: http://www4.uwm.edu/bfs/depts/bursar/tuition-rate-schedules.cfm
  2. Online fees. Depending on the nature of the program, many of UWM’s online programs and classes charge a special course fee in addition to tuition. The fee varies by academic department because of the variability of program design. For example, the College of Letters and Science currently assesses a $275 special course fee for each 3-credit online class; for Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business undergraduate online classes, the additional fee is $300. The online fee may be itemized as a distinct fee, or combined with tuition for an overall fee that covers both tuition and the special course fee. The School of Information Studies, for example, charges an overall online graduate-level course fee of $2,280 that includes tuition ($2,132 in Spring 2011) and a special course fee of $148. Some programs, such as Administrative Leadership in the School of Education, do not assess an additional fee for online classes. See the UWM schedule of Classes at http://www4.uwm.edu/schedule/ for more information.

Note that students taking only online classes do not pay the usual segregated fee that covers, among other items, access to the Student Health Center, Klotsche Center gym and a bus pass to campus. In fall 2010 the segregated fee ranged from $298 for students taking 1 credit on campus to $440 for students taking 8 or more credits. Students who enroll in a combination of online and on-campus courses are assessed the segregated fee.


Each fee supports different activities. Segregated fees fund on-campus activities and programs, while the distance education fee supports the development and ongoing provision of online courses and programs, including such items as course design, equipment, and technology staff. This distinction means that fully online learners (who are primarily adult and nontraditional students) do not pay for resources and services they are unable to access.


Financial Aid

To learn more about paying for your education, visit the adult student page on the Department of Financial Aid website at http://www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/Announcements/current_news/adult_learners.cfm

Also see http://www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/.

The advisors in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment can assist you through the application process. Get in touch with an advisor who can work with you one-on-one.

  • E-mail: online@uwm.edu, or
  • Call the Department of Admissions and Recruitment at (414) 229-2222